A CLEAR PIPELINE OF INNOVATION: CLASS zero OIL-FREE AIR FOR PETROCHEMICAL PIPELINES

Rand-Air, a half of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and a longtime chief in the subject of air, nitrogen, energy, circulate (pumps), steam boiler and lighting options, recently took a bold decision which has changed the way its customer – and Rand Air – will strategy future hires of an analogous nature.
Working in the petrochemical sector requires important consideration to element, with absolute security always crucial. When Rand-Air was approached by a long-standing buyer on this sector for equipment to clear a sulfuric acid pipeline bound for decommissioning, they approached the duty at hand in an progressive and agile manner, coming up with a special answer from those previously utilized.
“The project undertaken was uncommon by nature. Our customer required the usage of an air compressor which may perform optimally in a high-risk, volatile environment. We subsequently determined that this specific venture demanded a fresh answer – and a departure from the way by which it had previously been approached,” explains Rand-Air seasoned petrochemical business sales consultant Melanie Lake.
Oil-free air versus nitrogen
“Acid can not come into contact with any moisture – whether or not it’s water or oil – due to its extreme volatility. Contaminants may cause hazardous chemical reactions and probably even combustion,” explains Lake.
Light of the primary sulfuric acid pipeline – undertaken in 2020 – was meant as a once-off challenge. Rand-Air therefore took the choice to go together with the Class 0 oil-free compressor due to its production of high-quality, clean, oil-free, and totally dry compressed air.
“Multiple consultations and analyses preceded this challenge, to ensure that the Class 0 oil-free compressor would produce air which was sufficiently pure, contaminant-free and dry, at a strain dew point of minus forty levels,” she provides.
Prior to Rand-Air supplying the oil-free compressor, this specific buyer had at all times used nitrogen to clear their pipelines. By providing the Class 0 oil-free air resolution, Rand-Air was capable of show that this was the higher answer in this case: able to provide a more environment friendly answer in a shorter time, and with significantly much less potential contamination or safety risk.
Ultimate efficiency with a quantity of makes use of
The first pipeline clearing project utilizing oil-free air turned out to be so successful that the estimated five day compressor rent, was completed in just one. This unimaginable achievement additional highlighted the operational effectivity of the oil-free compressors chosen.
Following the success of the initial pipeline clearing, four extra projects occurred during the course of the yr, and another is ready for October.
“Efficiency and air purity are the reason that this explicit compressor is the best and most viable solution for clearing pipelines,” says Lake. Compressors employed by the client this yr embrace the PTS1600 compressor with a dryer which produces 1600 cubic toes of compressed air per minute.
“Oil-free compressors are capable of be effective over tremendous distances. For example, some of the pipeline projects have required air to be pumped via pipelines of between 2.5 kms to five kms. When compressing air over this distance, stress drops – which affects the circulate. It is crucial that air is pumped into the tanks at beneath four Bar,” Lake explains.
Oil-free compressors have a number of uses. Customers usually solely rent them for instrumentation, fermentation and aerating containers that are normal makes use of for these machines.
According to Lake, the fact that these compressors may additionally be utilized in functions similar to clearing petrochemical pipelines, demonstrates their diversity: “The oil-free compressor is even able to moving an eighty ton transformer, because of its capacity to blow up industrial pillows that are then placed underneath the heavy transformer and floated,” she remarks.
All different capabilities apart, probably the most compelling cause for the hire of the Class 0 oil-free compressor was due to its capacity to provide clear, pure, contaminant-free dry air.
Making agility rely
Rand-Air attributes its excessive diploma of buyer success and repeat enterprise to an around-the-clock service and robust group effort: “We have made ourselves indispensable to so many purchasers, as a result of our extraordinarily high requirements and substantial industry experience. Whenever there’s a want for rental tools, customers insist on using our solutions and providers – thanks to our stringent security audits, impeccable service and superior technical help,” says Lake.
True to its status in lots of industries together with petrochemical – Rand-Air has remained true to its ethos and tagline of ‘making agility count’ and providing efficient options to customer’s operational needs.
“We are a group which works collectively and supports each other no matter the duty. Our technicians and employees are on name 24/7 to ensure customer support and help. We will always be ready to go above and past for a buyer, taking a glance at their problems from recent angles, to seek out them the most effective solution attainable – ‘clearing the way’ for innovation and improved productiveness,” concludes Lake.
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